Today GetEQUAL, the headline-making, pro-equality social justice advocates staged a peaceful, ardent protest near the White House to urge President Obama to sign an Executive Order to ban workplace discrimination by fed contractors.
Fifteen activists came from around the country to participate in the demonstration, staged the day after the President declared his support for marriage equality. There was a strategic decision to engage in a manner that would not result in arrests. From the organization’s statement:
Rather than organizing an arrestable action at the White House as planned, we shifted course — still believing that we need to push the president to create real, concrete change for LGBT Americans. After a significant amount of soul-searching, we decided as a group that we can be grateful while still asking for our full equality — no compromises, no excuses. We considered changing our target, but decided that the power to change LGBT lives across the country lies in the hands of President Obama, and we would take our case back to the White House.